Toronto Raptors 2014 News and Updates
3/3/14 - Despite a 34 point effort by DeMar DeRozan and 26 points from Greivis Vasquez coming off the bench, the Toronto Raptors dropped a tough 134-129 contest to Washington on February 27. Kyle Lowry fell just one rebound short of a triple double – 18 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds – and Jonas Valanciunas collected 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who continue to hold down the third slot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, though still well behind front runners Indiana and Miami. The loss also broke a three game winning streak.
2/21/14 - Toronto was represented at the NBA’s All Star Game this past weekend by guard DeMar DeRozan, who performed admirably for the East in scoring eight points along with three rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of court time. Coming out of the break, however, the Raptors, third in the East, faltered in a narrow 94-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls. DeRozan, however, was the star of the game, going for 32 points to lead all scorers.
2/11/14 - After dropping a pair of contests to Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers on a brief trip to the West Coast, the Toronto Raptors returned home and returned to winning ways as well, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 108-101. The Raptors win was led by DeMar DeRosan’s 22 points, which is right at his team-leading scoring average. Kyle Lowry, who has been the subject of some recent trade deadline rumors, contributed 19 points and 12 assists to the Raptor win.
2/4/14 - Not known in their history as a team that wins on the road, this season the Toronto Raptors are aiming for new standards in competitiveness away from the Air Canada Centre. So far the Raptors have 14 road wins – two more than at home in Toronto to date – including their latest victory over Utah in Salt Lake City at the beginning of the week. They’re aiming for their high-water mark of 20 road wins, set in the 2000-01 season; along the way they have broken losing streaks of eight games against Milwaukee, nine against the Denver Nuggets, and most impressively, a 10-game skid against the once-mighty Los Angeles Lakers.
3/8/14 - The Toronto Raptors may be in last place in the Atlantic Division, but they look like a squad with a lot of potential going forward. The Raptors young lineup featuring Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Andrew Bargnani, and Jonas Valanciunas was significantly boosted by the addition of Rudy Gay who they acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies mid-season. Gay has played well for the Raptors so far, averaging 21 points and over six rebounds per game, and the future looks bright. The team is out of the NBA Playoffs right now, but look for them to finish strong and challenge for a spot in the postseason next year.
The Raptors have the cheapest away ticket of any team in the NBA, averaging $85 at the beginning of the season. The Raptors are the only Canadian team in the NBA so local road trips might include Divisional games in New York against the Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks. Raptors fans will pay $13 more per ticket on average at the Air Canada Centre (also home to the Toronto Maple Leafs). In comparison, preseason Toronto Raptors tickets cost about half that of the regular season. However, the Raptors preseason roster did not include Gay. Many games in the second half of the season on the Raptors schedule have cheap Raptors tickets available with get-in prices under $20.
Toronto Raptors 2013-2014 Season
Raptors ticket prices have skyrocketed over the last year; up 144%, you’ll pay an average of $246 this season to watch Toronto at Air Canada Centre. The jump in price
is the fifth largest in league, and puts the Raptors on this list of top 5 most expensive teams in the NBA
. As we saw with Jonas Valanciunas at the end of last season and into the summer, this teams has a ton of potential. The lineup is full of underrated players ready to aggressively compete for a spot in the NBA Playoffs. To help build excitement, the Raptors are turning to their new global ambassador, Drake
. The rapper has his hometown inspired and ready for the 2013-14 season. It always helps to have some flashy players on the court like Terrence Ross who is the reigning NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion.
After finishing four games out of the playoffs in 2012-13, the Raptors will continue the rebuilding process this season under new General Manager Masai Ujiri. After the front office shake-up and failing to make the playoffs in his first three years in Toronto, Dwane Casey may be on the coaching hot seat this season. To save his job, the Raptors will need a strong first full season from swingman Rudy Gay, consistency in guard DeMar Derozan, and a breakout season from 2013 Summer League MVP Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors open the 2013-14 season on 10/30 at the Air Canada Centre against the Celtics.